So what’s so special about owning an iPhone or Android powered device? Some might argue the rich features or slick user interface attracts a variety of consumers to purchase these devices. Or it might be as simple as having something that will allow them to read a book in the palm of their hands. Google announced that they will make available more than 1.5 million public-domain books in the U.S. for mobile users using an iPhone or Android powered device to browse any time at no cost. These books are accessed through the mobile browser and use an extraction process known as optical character recognition. Now the downside of it is that you can’t read the books if you’re offline, which some say will not adversely affect companies like Sony or Amazon who reign supreme in the e-book market. The total number of books offered by Google might be an exorbitant amount when you ask some people. And some might argue that the materials offered are things that people might not read unless commanded by others such as a college professor. Nonetheless, this initiative provides a start for e-books being placed in the hands of mobile users thanks in part to Google.
source: Mobile Tech Today